Environment

From protecting endangered species to restoring our ecosystems and investing in clean-energy solutions, the Obama administration and Democrats are committed to working to address our biggest environmental challenges.

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation issued new fuel-economy standards, the first mandated increases in fuel economy for cars in decades. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the first steps toward regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. For the first time, the U.S. will catalogue greenhouse gas emissions from large emission sources-—an important initial step toward measurable and transparent reductions.

New Mexico Democrats have been in the forefront of protecting our natural resources, and making them work for our state. Under Land Commissioner Ray Powell’s leadership, our resources are working to fund education and other public works. Our U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman have worked to protect our special places like the Rio Grand del Norte National Monument.